Barry Quinn

Role of the body in cancer, sense-making and the search for meaning

Role of the body in cancer, sense-making and the search for meaning

Nursing care requires nurses to work intimately and closely with the bodies of others

Using Benner’s model of clinical competency to promote nursing leadership

Using Benner’s model of clinical competency to promote nursing leadership

This article explores the concept of leadership in health and social care

‘Caring is the essence and reality of nursing’

Leadership means how we advocate for nursing, act and treat others, says Barry Quinn


Why nurses should make their voices heard and use their vote in the forthcoming election

Vote for the candidate you think could make a difference to health and social care

Joining forces globally to address oral complications for people with cancer

Improving clinicians' understanding of oral complications in cancer care through international collaboration.

Caring nurse

Spiritual care is not as complex as we may think

The skills that draw us to the profession are a good foundation, says Macmillan’s Barry Quinn

Making sense of pain and loss: searching for meaning while living with cancer

Making sense of pain and loss: searching for meaning while living with cancer

This article presents some of the main findings from a study using an interpretative phenomenological approach to explore searching for meaning in the lives of 15 people who had experience of cancer. The findings offer an understanding of this searching activity and what it can teach us about the personal story of pain and suffering. For the participants in this study this sense-making process moved beyond reflection to one that engaged the whole person. It was a search that led each person living with the often hidden reality of pain and personal suffering to question aspects of their taken for granted world. While participants spoke of the pain of the disease and treatment, they also shared personal stories of the hidden losses and separation they faced and the loneliness of illness that others were unable to understand or comprehend. The experience of pain and loss did not occur in isolation but was influenced by many other life issues. Having illuminated the sometimes overlooked personal experience of pain, the findings offer some insights into better understanding and responding to the personal story of illness.

NHS 70

NHS at 70: it's time to thank the nursing profession

Nurses in England continue to be guided by the 6Cs


Role of nursing leadership in providing compassionate care

This article encourages nurses to explore the concept of leadership in the constantly changing field of health and social care. All nurses have an important role in leadership, and they should consider what type of leader they want to be and what leadership skills they might wish to develop. This article examines what leadership might involve, exploring various leadership styles and characteristics and how these could be applied in nurses’ practice. A core component of nursing and nursing leadership is the ability to provide compassionate care. This could correspond with the idea of servant leadership, an approach that moves the leader from a position of power to serving the team and supporting individuals to develop their potential.

What kind of leader do we want in nursing?

Leadership can be an art; finding the balance of the ability to lead and devlivering compassionate nursing care is one nurse leaders strive for.

Managing pain

Managing pain in advanced cancer settings: an expert guidance and conversation tool

The Managing Advanced Cancer Pain Together (MACPT) group is a team of European experts in pain management who recognise that, despite the great advances in cancer treatment and care, many people living with advanced cancer still receive suboptimal pain management, leading to distress and suffering. The MACPT group takes a person-centred approach to understanding and addressing all aspects of people’s pain, and believes that pain management can be improved. Building on international guidance and expert opinion, the group, working with patients with advanced cancer, has developed clinical based and easy to use MACPT guidance to support those working in the field. The guidance includes the newly developed MACPT conversation tool, to help people with cancer, and those caring for them, to talk about the hidden aspects of pain. The guidance and tool are available in English, French and German, and will be translated into other languages. This article discusses management of cancer pain and describes how to use the conversation tool.


How does nursing attract and retain strong leaders?

Ward managers should be excluded from staff numbers so they are free to take on supervisory roles.

Now more than ever, nurses need resilience

Horrendous events in London and Manchester have put healthcare staff under enormous pressure.

Demonstrating how we value our workforce

There may be a role for specialist nurses in meeting the needs of new recruits.

Using the Gold Standards Framework to deliver good end of life care

The aims of excellent end of life care (EOLC) and nursing are at the heart of healthcare....

First steps into the world of nursing

There are many career paths open to new nurses but all of them are based on the core values...

Developing, implementing and evaluating an end of life care intervention

Aim To develop, implement and evaluate a collaborative intervention in care homes seeking to...

It’s all about care

Despite the huge leap forwards in healthcare, the basic fact remains – the sick need us to...